The Lazy Man

The Lazy Man

Once in the town of Jhumritalaiya there lived this man who was extremely lazy and poor at the same time. He did not want to do any hard work but used to dream of being rich one day. He got his food by begging for alms. One morning when he went out to beg, one of the household gave him a pot full of milk. He was extremely delighted and went home with the pot of milk. He boiled the milk, drank some of it and put the remaining milk in a pot. He added slight curd in the pot for converting the milk to curd. He he though he has done a lot of work and now let him lay down to rest.

Since he was extremely delighted at the pot of milk he got and started dreaming about the pot of curd while he lay asleep.

He dreamt on, “By the next morning the pot of milk is set, and converted to curd. I am churning the curd to make butter from it. I am heating the butter and make ghee out of it. I am now going to market to sell the ghee, and made some money. With that money I am buying a hen. The hen laid many eggs which hatched and there are many more hens and cocks. These cocks and hen in turn laid hundreds of eggs and I soon have a poultry farm of my own.”

He kept on imagining, “I sold all the hens of my poultry and bought some cows, and opened a milk dairy. All the town people are buying milk from me. I am be very rich and then I bought presious and rare jewellery. The King bought all the jewellery from me. I am so rich that I married an exceptionally beautiful girl from a rich family. Soon I have a handsome son. He did some mischief I got very angry and to teach him a lesson, I hit him with a big stick.”

During this dream, he involuntarily picked up the stick next to his bed and thinking that he was beating his son, raised the stick and hit the pot. The pot of milk broke and he awoke from his sleep. Only then did he realise he was daydreaming.

Lesson : There is no substitute for hard work. Dreams cannot be fulfilled without hard work.

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